A Delicious Life is Political Life

A Delicious Life is Political Life

no-fear-in-loveTrump, Hillary, or Bernie?

No matter how you answer the question above, I support your voice and your vote. Because part of a delicious life is being politically active, even if that activity is just showing up to vote.

It’s time to break away from fear.

Fear is something I hear about a lot in my work. We live our lives governed by fear, and that is exactly the opposite of a delicious life. Delicious lives are led by love. Love may lead us into painful situations, but ultimately it results in freedom and joy. Love doesn’t mean backing away from confrontation, but it does mean offering compassion to yourself and your enemies.

Embrace love this election season.

I challenge you (and myself) to find ways to embrace love in this election season. Find positive things to affirm in your chosen candidate. Offer a listening ear to those who support another candidate. Vote according to your conscience, even if that means “throwing your vote away” on a third party or write in candidate. But most importantly, vote with your life.

Your daily life is your vote.

“Vote early and vote often” is a joke, but we can use it as an affirmation. Every single day you cast a vote for the world you want to live in. We have access to more information than ever before, and you can use that to make educated decisions about your money. I chose to buy a large portion of my food locally, which for me means food grown in the state I live in. I donate my money to a local charity that does work I believe in, because I know that money directly improves the lives of men and women who live in Raleigh.

There are lots of issues where I do compromise and take the easy way out. I know that a lot of the clothing I buy is made by people working in deplorable conditions. I am aware that I could reduce my carbon footprint a lot more than I do. I know that if my computer products reflected the true cost of a living wage for the manufacturers I would not buy them.

Even though I can’t do everything, I can do something.

Find just one issue, and vote with your life. Don’t let overwhelm keep you in a state of fear and resignation. Because love does win. Always.

Special thanks to these two articles that have influenced this post:

Hugh Hollowell: A post about gay marriage that applies equally well to HB2.

Cracked: Coarse language, but good points.

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